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Turbinaria ornata.jpg
Turbinaria ornata
Scientific classification
(unranked): SAR
Superphylum: Heterokonta
Class: Phaeophyceae
Order: Fucales
Family: Sargassaceae
Genus: Turbinaria

Turbinaria is a genus of brown algae (Phaeophyceae) found primarily in tropical marine waters. It generally grows on rocky substrates.[1] In tropical Turbinaria species that are often preferentially consumed by herbivorous fishes and echinoids, there is a relatively low level of phenolics and tannins.[2]

The genus has shown promise as a way of removing lead from aqueous solutions.[3]


AlgaeBase lists 30 current species of Turbinaria.:[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Blomquist, H.L. 1945. Development of reproductive structures in the brown alga Turbinaria turbinata. Botanical Gazette. 106: 290-304
  2. ^ Chemical defenses and the susceptibility of tropical marine brown algae to herbivores. Peter D. Steinberg, Oecologia, 1986, Volume 69, Number 4, pages 628-630, doi:10.1007/BF00410374
  3. ^ Senthilkumar, R. et al. 2007. Application of seaweeds for the removal of lead from aqueous solution. Biochem. Engin. Journ. 33: 211-216
  4. ^ Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 2007. AlgaeBase version 4.2. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. http://www.algaebase.org; searched on 31 October 2007.